Good news for a change: Van Hoogstraten, the nastiest landlord in Britain, who calls his tenants "scum" has been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal currency dealings and the possession of pornography.
In the Sixties he was jailed for four years for ordering a hand grenade to be thrown through the window of someone who owed him money. In 2002 he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in jail after a business associate, Mohammed Raja, was shot and killed by two hired hitmen. He appealed against the conviction, which was overturned in 2003. In 2005 a civil court ordered that Van Hoogstraten pay the murdered man's family £6m in damages.
According to the Guardian he is unlikely to get a prison sentence, but hopefully all his assets in Zimbabwe will now be confiscated by his ex friend President Robert Mugabe. The only down side is that he may spend more time in Brighton where he owns a lot of property, making his tenants lives a misery, boosting employment prospects for his small army of paid thugs, and generally lowering the tone of the neighbourhood.